Decorating for Halloween and Fall in the New House

Fall and Halloween Decorating 2014

YES! I love decorating so so much! Particularly, I loooove love decorating for Halloween and fall!! It was like Christmas unpacking our boxes from the movers – not only did we have a surprise in each box (because they weren’t packed properly – Christmas stuff in Valentines, Easter stuff in Fall/Halloween, etc), but we had [...]

Our New House Tour (Mostly)

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While a bulk of the unpacking has been done already, there are still some odds and ends that don’t have homes, or organization for those things (so they’re sitting in boxes until I can figure it out), and our garage has been untouched so far (yikes!). Plus, we’ve done NO planting whatsoever (which is SO unlike [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W33} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W32} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Unpacking, Furniture, and Decorating, Oh My! {Plus Exclusive Wayfair Discount Code!}

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We’re here! We made it! There is SO SO much to tell you about our trip, vacation, and trek to move several states away. Thankfully, we’ve already met several of our new neighbors, and even a soldier who wants to take our empty boxes off our hands. Unfortunately for him, North Carolina has welcomed us by crying daily. This [...]

Wayfair Daily Sales Awesomeness

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Because I believe everyone and everything is always a work in progress, I include my home and home’s decor into that philosophy, too. I geek out at home decor sales, always shopping for something new and fun for “this area” or “that area” of my home, or maybe reorganizing to help making our home life [...]

Easy Easter Decorating Ideas with Flair from ProFlowers and More!

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It’s almost Easter! How are you getting ready for it? We’ve been decorating for it for a few weeks now, and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to with a few select additions the folks at ProFlowers sent me to make it schnazzy and more spring-like! As you enter the house, [...]

How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

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Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to [...]

Baby V’s Second Birthday Garden Party

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Yesterday was a full day of preparations for Baby V’s second birthday party. Because she’s shy and afraid of strangers, she isn’t the friendliest baby in the world, so we opted to invite only our neighbors and kids’ friends she sees all the time so she’d be surrounded by familiar faces. (Unfortunately, it still didn’t [...]

Easy Valentine’s Day Decorating Ideas

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The second the Christmas stuff comes down, the Valentine’s stuff goes up. Without fail, my kids always ask me, “Why do we decorate for every holiday?” “Because it’s fun, kids.” And it is! Some people enjoy the house looking suddenly less cluttered, more organized and clean without the Christmas/holiday stuff up, but not me, man! [...]

Fall Decorating – My Most Favorite Time of The Year

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Getting back to school and rigid sports schedules is totally not my favorite. But breaking out all things pumpkin, the boxes of yellow, orange, and brown decor filled with pumpkins, straw, gourds, leaves, and flowers like mums and sunflowers? Oh, so very much my favorite! Not forgetting to mention, the cooler weather and getting a break [...]

Before and After Living Room and Entry

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Ooh, I’m a bad, baaaaad blogger. My husband and I realized the other day we never updated you on what we did with our living room/great room area. Remember when Baby V was only two weeks old and in my looney-tunes state I broke out the paint brushes and paint and we tore up the [...]

We Did It! A New Dining Room Set

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As soon as I found it on Craigslist, I transferred money over from Paypal. But would the sellers wait for me? Would the sellers be flooded with other offers? We emailed back and forth throughout the week – asking dimensions, etc. The man was sweet, patient, eager to sell and downsize for his family. He [...]

Wall Mounted TV and Upcoming Playroom Makeover #TVSafety

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Once upon a time, I owned one of those RCA huge box TV thingamabobs that weighed as heavy as a Mack truck. Before flat screen TVs, that was all their was, and I was always fearful it would fall and hurt one of my children. We kept it as low as possible, on a TV [...]

Flashback Friday – Fourth of July Ideas

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Yay! It’s Fridayyyyyyy, baby! To help make your Fourth of July plans that much sparklier, check out the Independence Day posts I’ve curated for you! I love these Fourth of July ideas, I hope you will, too! — Rachel Lacy, food writer over at 5MinutesforMom.com, has created some lovely Rice Krispies Treats Sparklers. What are [...]

Two Weeks Old & Postpartum Nesting DIY-Style

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Two weeks since our baby has been born, and while each second has ticked away deliciously slow, enough for this momma to savor every scrumptious hiccup and sigh, despite the crazy poosplosions she is capable of, Baby V is simply perfect. Despite all the dress-up and baby lovin’ we’ve been enjoying these two weeks since [...]

DIY Weekly Menu Board

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Pin It I told you a couple weeks ago my plan – to make a DIY weekly menu board for our meal plans each week. With a menu board, you create cards featuring all the dinner choices you make, making it super-easy to create a meal plan for the week, and showcase what’s “on deck” to [...]

Cheap Homemade Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Are you looking for inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas? I love finding new and inventive ways to decorate for the holidays while pinching pennies. The decorating ideas I showcase here are also excellent crafts to do with children. Between you and me, I love shopping end-of-the-season deals for the “bigger” stuff, when things are marked drastically [...]

Halloween Shopping at Target

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Is it any big surprise after his big Toy Story Birthday Party that Baby Dude wants to be Woody or Buzz for Halloween? Baby Sis has decided to go along with him again this year and she wants to dress as Jessie (last year they were Mickey and Minnie Mouse). Not impressed with the local [...]

More New House Pictures (Finally!)

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I know it’s been a while since I shared pictures of the new house. It’s been a pretty busy time here in the Douglas household, but since I’ve been a busy bee at work decorating for fall, I decided to finally take and post some pictures to show you what we’re up to. Still work [...]

Fall Decorating, YES!

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October is here, and the weather has began to cool off (THANK GOD!), and to get into the spirit, I’ve rolled up my sleeves, stocked up on allergy meds, and broken into the moving boxes for all my fall goodies. *Achoo!* There are some decorative pieces that are missing, though. Lost in the sea of [...]

Pictures of the New House, Part 1

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It’s still a work in progress – we waited until the sod took root, and the plants started to smile a bit more, before we took an outdoor shot. Still so much to be done, though, but it makes me smile to see all we’ve done in almost a month so far. Here it is, [...]

Our Homemade Christmas Tree

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Over the years, we’ve accumulated many of our children’s crafts, as well as made it a family tradition to get each family member a commemorative ornament for that year. For example, it’s my son’s first year in band? His ornament is a musical note this year. On top of what the children make at school [...]

DIY Christmas Centerpieces (Budget Friendly)

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We pared down a lot this holiday, to include our holiday decor that hadn’t lasted the years. This left our table bare, and me scrambling for what to put there that was (seemingly*) kid safe. After weaving in and out of Target’s aisles, I saw some beautiful items, but that either seemed a) too pricy [...]

Before and After House Pictures – Be Prepared for Shock and Awe, People.

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(Alternately titled: Holy Crap, My House No Longer Sucks to Look At! or House Painting Rocks My Socks! or If You Hear a Thud, That’s My Jaw. and many, many others. The shock is here to stay, people. Read on.) It makes absolute sense that the two-year anniversary of us living in this military-owned house [...]

A Simple Remodel for a Home to Love

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The beginning of my remodel for my desk area – see below for the finished product! It wasn’t until I began losing weight and taking that small amount of time to do something so good for myself that I truly realized how little I seemingly cared for myself back before when I was heavier. Sure, [...]

How To Fix Your Saggy Couch aka Fix Your Lumpy Butt (while sitting on it, anyway)

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Today’s project was to fix my couches. I love my couch set, but they are practically overloved because their cushions? Were totally bustin’ a major sag. See? Yikes.  No amount of fluffing would help them for long, either. I had tried (unsuccessfully) before to use simple pillow puff padding to fix them, but, as you [...]